Susquehanna SPCA moves into a new home | Local News
INDEX – Thirty-six dogs and 15 cats moved into their new home on Thursday, July 15 at the new Susquehanna SPCA headquarters, just one mile north of the old Hyde Park building.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, with remarks from SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes, State Senator Peter Oberacker, MPs Chris Tague and John Salka, and Commissioner for New York State Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball.
An open day with guided tours by staff of the new facility will follow until 4 p.m.
âWe’re getting into the final pieces and it all falls into place,â Haynes said Thursday. “It’s a dream come true.”
The 11,000-square-foot shelter was built in just under two years, according to Haynes. The $ 6.2 million facility was funded by several thousand dollars from more than 125 donors and the sale of the previous property to Montezuma Winery, based in Finger Lakes.
The Anita Adoption Center, named in honor of Staffworks Founder and President Anita A. Vitullo, features 20 adoption kennels, two community chat rooms with ‘catio’ outdoor extensions, one ‘room display âwith glass walls with great visibility from the main entrance and hall, and a state-of-the-art operating theater, all separated byâ treatment corridors âandâ corridors of hope â.
The layout is designed to make animal care more comfortable and efficient for shelter staff, volunteers and furry residents, said Haynes. The cleaning, maintenance and food preparation rooms are adjacent to the cattery and kennel rooms, allowing easy passage of food, water, medication and waste.
âResearch tells us that the less choice people have, the more likely they are to be adopted,â Haynes said. âThe building has been specially designed to be more efficient so that the animals can get to the adoption floor more quickly. We may not house the same number of animals at once, but over time we know we will be serving more animals. “
The space includes private adoption counseling rooms, another essential step towards improving the adoption process, according to Haynes.
âWe don’t do paper requests,â she said. “We love to bring people together and talk with them face to face to help them find their next best friend.”
The heating, ventilation and air cooling system isolates the flow of air to each room and kennel in the shelter, said Haynes, which is designed to contain the odors of each animal in its own space.
âThe smell of another animal can be a very aggravating and stressful factor in a shelter environment,â said Haynes. âWe try to make it as comfortable as possible for the animals. “
Visitors and potential adopters are invited to socialize with shelter dogs in a grassy enclosure in front of the building called Seaver’s Park, named after the ‘beloved golden retriever’ of Otsego County resident Martha Yager.
âWhen people come to adopt a dog, a lot of them think the best way to get to know the dog is to walk them,â said Haynes. âBut we find that they are always over-excited and sometimes stressed out when kept on a leash. The best way to meet a shelter dog is when they are relaxed, so this is one place where it can happen.
The community room includes conference and storage space that will be available for public use, said Haynes. âThe community built this shelter, and we want the community to feel welcome to use it. “
The community hall and the refuge’s endowment fund are dedicated in honor of Louis Busch Hager, the late chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the Susquehanna SPCA who oversaw the purchase and construction of the old site, which was dedicated 34 years to the day before the new location, said Haynes.
The new shelter’s animal admission room has its own separate entrance, isolated from traffic and noise from the rest of the building to facilitate a “calm and understanding environment,” said Haynes.
âWhen someone is here to give up their pet, they don’t necessarily want to be with all the happy adoptions going on,â she said. âWe want to give them the space to be open and honest. In the end, that’s what helps us the most in helping them and their animals.
The inauguration also celebrates the opening of the new home of the SQSPCA thrift store, New Leash On Life, located next to the new shelter. The proceeds from the sale of donated items benefit the shelter and animal care.
Visit sqspca.org for more information.